Student with lupus graduates cum laude from UP

MANILA, Philippines - A lupus patient is among the thousands of students who recently earned their diploma from the country’s premiere state university, the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman).

Student with lupus graduates cum laude from UP
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Tiffany Uy
Tiffany Uy, who was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in 2010, shared how she overcame struggles in order to earn her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with flying colors through a viral Facebook post.

Because of her condition, Tiffany would often get heartless remarks from people around her. Fortunately, this didn’t stop her from chasing her dream.

"Lagi ka na lang naoospital ah."
"Bakit parang lagi ka na lang pilay?"
"PWD ka? Ano ba disability mo?"
"If you're so sick, why don't you just stay home??"

In fact, she was able handle a minimum workload of 15 units, serve in the student council, do projects as well as join her first rally during her first year at the university. But as the semester progressed, her sickness worsened to the point that she could barely walk and was losing a lot of hair.

Soon after, Tiffany had to transfer to UP Diliman believing that she would succeed in living a normal life in the new campus. However, her sickness caused her to lag in her studies and forced her to drop some subjects. She was eventually advised to finish her studies at the Open University.

Once again, Tiffany chose to continue to fight and took the risk of continuing her studies.

Although her health would decline from time to time, Tiffany learned to ask her professors for extra work in order to compensate for her absences. She mustered enough courage to ask her friends to tutor her in subjects she missed out.

As if the challenges of student PWDs weren’t enough, Tiffany once again ran for the student council. According to her, the responsibility of being part of the student council pushed her to keep up with her studies and improve her health.

Thanking people who helped her achieve what most people living with her condition could only dream of, Tiffany urged people with disabilities to continue dreaming big for themselves.

“To all the P.W.Ds out there, I know we may differ in circumstances but I hope we don't stop building bigger dreams for ourselves. Thank you for your stories of strength and perseverance. We are all strong,” Tifanny wrote.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues in various parts of the body causing symptoms such as fever, hair loss, chest pain, mouth ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, painful and swollen joints as well as fatigue. Most people with SLE can live a normal life with treatment.

Read her full post below.

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